Stylish, elegant, beautifully written... and utterly lifeless

Stylish, elegant, beautifully written... and utterly lifeless
Michael Ondaatje’s ‘respectable’ style of writing ensures his ongoing popularity, but his new novel is a tedious affair indeed Pic: Getty

There’s something mysteriously lifeless about Michael Ondaatje’s novels. Like Laura Ashley curtains, they gratify a snobbish taste without taking any aesthetic risks

FICTION: Warlight, By Michael Ondaatje, Jonathan Cape, €17.50

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